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The Third Step Paperback – September 28, 2016

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Post Number:#1 by raizenagallo » 12 Jul 2017, 00:34
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Third Step" by William Lobb.]

3 out of 4 starsReview by raizenagalloShare This Review
All of us are struggling to fight a demon within us whether it's alcohol addiction, drug addiction, our past mistakes, or our dark childhood. Some of us have found peace with the help of our God while others are still struggling to find a God that can help them in redeeming their souls. The Third Step by William Lobb is a work of fiction that explores the troubles of a man with a broken spirit who is struggling to seek inner peace. It deals with the man's difficulties in dealing with the third step in the twelve step program which is surrendering to God. In the Big Book of AA, the third step involves an action stating, "God, I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!" 

The Third Step tells the story of Frankie who is an alcoholic and a drug addict. The story revolves around how Frankie deals with his demons while having a difficulty comprehending the existence of God. It carefully tells the tales of how a simple man can be involved with crimes against humanity. This book candidly shows how a man can be both loving and remorseless at the same time. This book narrates Frankie's struggle to find a God that he can surrender himself to, the one he can fully accept and let into his life.

I liked reading this book because of the unpredictability of what Frankie will be doing next. I loved how real the character of Frankie is. He is a tough guy with a soft heart. Although he may be remorseless in so many instances, he is still soft and kind when it comes to the people that matter most to him. 

I agree with the way God was portrayed in this story. You certainly can't force your God to another man and claim that it is the only way to soul redemption. We all need a God that we find acceptable, that we can personally relate to rather than a God that is being forced to us by any religion. 

The thing that I didn't like about this book was the way the story was narrated in a point of view of Frankie's friend. I find it weird that a friend of Frankie will know exactly how he felt like. It is okay to narrate the story in a second person's point of view but not as Frankie's friend. I liked it better when it was told from Frankie's point of view, it seems more effective and relatable. 

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Overall, I liked the story but I think it would be better if it was effectively written from a different person's point of view. I enjoyed reading this story and I loved the ending. It was satisfying. I would recommend this book to people who are fond of reading dark-themed books that deal with the realities of our society.

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Chronically grumpy endurance cyclist, runner and angry old poet, recovering drunk, former bar fighter and cat lover. I've been called "an intrinsically intuitive troubleshooter", in part, because I love breaking down complex abstract concepts to their simplest pieces; probably because I can't stand overly complex people or situations. I write on my iPhone. It lets me write anywhere. Individual words matter to me. I can spend half a day playing with a word, or words. If it wasn't for my iPhone I'd still be writing the introduction. I still have a crush on Marilyn Monroe and I am convinced someday I will meet her and she will fall in love with me.

Product details

  • Paperback : 424 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1619844826
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1619844827
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.96 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Gatekeeper Press (September 28, 2016)
  • Item Weight : 1.38 pounds
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 27 ratings